Dear Dr. Bell, I noticed there have been several post lately about protein and ideal protein consumption, etc. I’m curious if it’s true that consuming too much protein can be dangerous? And exactly how much protein consumption puts you in the danger zone? Thanks, Matt
Most studies agree that a non-drug using strength athlete can assimilate a maximum of about 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. And anything above this level is simply stored as fat. There is research suggesting that too much protein consumption can lead to dehydration and may increase your risk for gout, kidney stones and osteoporosis. More often is the fact that athletes tend to replace carbohydrates with protein. This can dramatically lower energy stores with a corresponding decrease in performance. Most studies indicate that a non-drug using strength athlete cannot use protein above an intake level of 2.8 grams/kgm of Body Mass(about 1.3 g/pound of Body Mass). Therefore, the higher consumption of protein above this level, the greater the risk of negative performance and eventually health issues.
Also, keep in mind that it is dangerous to “over-dose” on virtually any nutrient, vitamin, mineral or even water! A woman died in Florida a few years ago by consuming 21/2 gallons of water in 45 minutes.